After buying a number of different products packaged in #10 tins in an "emergency survival" section of a local grocery store, I have been systematically trying them so I know what we would like to stock up on and what we consider a waste of money.
We bought our "emergency" foods at a local chain grocery store called Rosauers (although I have heard that local Walmart stores have begun to carry the same selection). The prices at the local stores are considerably less than they are when purchasing the same item online (and, of course, you don't have to pay shipping). For example, I bought honey powder for $8.99 for a #10 tin at Rosauers and the same thing online costs $12.75.
Our latest experiment has been with Chocolate Morning Moos. Generally speaking, we don't allow our children to indulge in chocolate milk, however, in a survival situation, sometimes a little taste of normal goes a long way. Oftentimes, powdered milk is a less than savory substitute for the real thing and when the grid goes down, will most likely be confined to baking rather than drinking "fresh". Kids, especially those used to drinking milk and other "flavored" drinks will view chocolate milk as a highly anticipated treat after months of nothing but water. In that vein, we bought a tin of Chocolate Morning Moos and proceeded to give it a try.
|Can, freshly opened. It is quite full.|
|Measuring enough powder for 1 gallon of "milk"|
|Pouring warm water in with the powder|
|Mixing 1 quart warm water with powder|
|Pouring the mixture into a gallon jar.|
Fill the jar with cold water and mix.
|Handy spot on the back of the|
can to write the date that the item was opened.
I will buy more Chocolate Morning Moos, although I will not keep a large supply on hand, due to the fact that I think our money is spent more wisely on nutritious foods. I do think having a can or two could be a tremendous morale booster, especially for special occasions like birthdays and holidays.